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Induction and Mentoring

We offer the following services to districts and schools:

  • Data-driven assessment of current induction and mentoring practices against research-based best practices
  • Tools to observe classroom practices and collect data that will illuminate professional development needs
  • Technical assistance on developing programs, selecting mentors, and creating quality materials
  • Ongoing training for mentors on creating culturally responsive schools and examining student work

The support a teacher receives in the first few years in the classroom determines whether he or she will stay in the profession. It also determines the impact that teacher will have on students.

Mentoring and induction programs play a critical role in improving teacher effectiveness and ensuring that all schools and districts have access to highly effective teachers. Our associates work with school and district staff to improve the mentoring and support provided to new teachers.

For existing programs, we start by collecting and analyzing baseline program and perception data, determining with our clients what actions will create a highly successful program. Our Continuum of High-Quality Mentoring and Induction Practices assesses a school’s current program against the 10 research-based components of quality induction programs.

We provide the tools mentor teachers need to objectively observe the teaching practices of new staff. The web-based Classroom Teacher Observation Tool allows for conversations between mentors and new teachers that drive reflection, self-assessment, and improvements in teaching practices. The data also provide important insights into the professional development needs of teachers and the effectiveness of current professional development programs.

Learning Point Associates also provides technical assistance to schools and districts on the development of new mentor programs, as well as rigorous mentor selection and creating high-quality materials. We train mentors on creating culturally responsive schools and examining student work.


To explore how we can help you better use data to improve student and school performance, contact Jessica Johnson by e-mail or telephone (800-356-2735).

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